Privacy Policy

Data protection declaration

This data protection declaration offers users information on the type, extent and aims of the collection and use of personal data by the operator responsible for this website.

The operator of this website takes the protection of personal data very seriously. Your personal data will be handled confidentially and according to legal data protection regulations and the specifications of this data protection declaration.

The use of this website is usually possible without providing personal data. If personal data (such as name, address or email addresses, for example) is collected, this occurs on a voluntary basis as far as possible. This data will not be passed on to any third party without your explicit permission.

The legal basis for data protection can be found in the German Federal Data Protection Act and the German Telemedia Act.

Access data/ server log files

The website operator collects data each time the offering is accessed (so called server log files). These access data include the name of the web page accessed, the file, date and time of access, the volume of data transferred, a report of successful access, the type and version of browser used, the user’s operating system, the referrer URL (or the previously visited page), the IP address and the provider making the enquiry.

The operator only uses protocol data for statistical evaluations related to the operation, security and optimisation of the offering. The operator nevertheless reserves the right to check the protocol data in retrospect, if there is justifiable suspicion of illegal usage based on a concrete indication.

Making contact

If contact is made with the website operator (via the discussion forum, for example), the information submitted by the user is stored with a view to processing the request and in the event that follow-up questions should arise.

Incorporation of services and third party content

The online offering may feature content provided by third parties such as, for example, videos from YouTube (901 Cherry Avenue, San Bruno, CA 94066, USA). This always means that the provider of such content (referred to below as “third-party provider“) is informed of the user’s IP address. For without the IP address, contents could not be sent to the user’s browser. The IP address is therefore required to display this content. The operator of this website will endeavour to limit its use of such contents to those offered by third-party providers who only use the IP address to deliver contents. However, the operator of this website has no influence over whether the third-party provider stores the IP address for statistical purposes, for instance.

Twitter

This offering uses the buttons of the Twitter service. These buttons are provided by Twitter’s Head Office1355 Market Street, Suite 900, San Francisco, CA 94103, USA. They are denoted by the terms "Twitter" or "Follow", and a stylised blue bird. With the help of these buttons it is possible to make a contribution or to share a page of this offering via Twitter, or to follow the website operator on Twitter.

If users access a page of this website featuring such a button, their browser establishes a direct connection with Twitter’s servers. The contents of the Twitter buttons are directly transferred from Twitter to the user’s browser. By using Twitter and the "Re-Tweet" function, the webpages that you have visited are linked to your Twitter account and communicated to other users. This data is also transferred to Twitter in the process. As operator of this website, we would like to point out that we have no knowledge of the contents of the data transferred, or their usage by Twitter, and also have no influence over the amount of information that Twitter collects with the help of this plugin. Further information on this topic can be found in Twitter’s data protection declaration at http://twitter.com/privacy.

You can change your data protection settings for Twitter under your account settings at http://twitter.com/account/settings.

Retraction, changes, corrections and updates

The website operator can provide information on data related to users that has been stored, and/or delete such data at the user’s request. If you wish to correct, delete or view data, please apply in writing to the address stated in the site notice.